I previously posted about recommended EDC multi-tool and LED light options for users sticking to a $50 budget, and also EDC recommendations for users willing to spend up to $200.
Here, I’ll talk about more premium recommendations with a $600 ceiling. Beyond this point, you are spending money on things unrelated to performance. For those reasons, I don’t advise most people go beyond this price point. If you’re a collector or a gear geek, it can be a fun hobby to explore, but for folks looking to put their tools to work, this is as much as you will likely ever need, if not more.
Price Point Overview
At this price point, you can get state of the art gear, tools that offer incredible performance and durability. You are making absolutely no concession on materials or design, though you make not get the blingy-est stuff on the planet.
Its important to note that a lot of stuff, even in the production world, exists outside this price point. The Chris Reeve Sebenza, for example, is probably the standard bearer for high-end knives, but it is now priced close to $400. Similarly, Reate and a few other brands’ knives are pricier. Likewise, the Torchlab BOSS and a few other nice lights are clearly out of this price point (most BOSS lights start at $500 or more). You can find nicer stuff than what is listed here, but none of it is a rational or justifiable to purchase for regular use.
In other words, you can spend more if you want to, but it’d be hard to justify that you need to.
Gear Combo: Spyderco Spydiechef Knife, HDS Rotary LED Flashlight; Total: $555
The pairing of a Spyderco Spydiechef and HDS Rotary LED flashlight will tackle everything you could possibly ask out of a flashlight and knife combo, and they can do it regardless of conditions. They will work on a boat, crawling around in an attic, or on the side of the road in the middle of a storm.
Low maintenance, high performance, and insane ergonomics. This is gear at its best.
The Spyderco Spydiechef runs the amazing LC200N blade steel, a rustproof steel that is actually capable of holding an edge. Think of it as the offspring of H1 steel and 154CM. But this is not just a steel junkie siren. The Spydiechef is a great design by the Polish custom maker Marcin Slycz.
The knife is made in Spyderco’s Taichung Taiwan factory (widely considered to be one of the best production facilities in the world), and it sports a deliciously thin blade. This thing cuts like a straight razor, fits in the hand well, and sports rock solid build quality.
I wouldn’t hammer this thing through a log, but I would do that with ANY folder. As an EDC blade, this might be perfect. If the Spydiechef is a bit too big, there is also a Spyderco Native with LC200N.
If the Spydiechef is an eye-opener knife, the HDS Rotary is the same in the flashlight world. It is a bit big and no longer eye-scorching bright, but it is build like a bulldozer blade and features the best, most intuitive UI ever seen on a flashlight.
The HDS Rotary LED flashlight turns on via a tailswitch, but the tailcap itself rotates. By rotating the tailcap you change the output of the light. Twist one way, the light gets brighter, twist the other, it gets dimmer. Technically it is a stepped brightness system, but there are so many steps that the human eye perceives it as being a smooth scale.
Thanks to the rotary brightness adjustment system, you can access any output level directly from the off position, meaning you don’t need to turn it on and cycle through undesired brightness levels. The HDS Rotary flashlight has an automatic mode memory, and you can switch output levels without turning on the light. This is as good as it gets.
This kit is pretty big and bulky, and not a great match for fancy clothes, but it will certainly work with jeans or work pants.
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